At a special Rocket Man-themed pop-up shop at The Webster in the Beverly Center, Elton John’s husband and business partner, David Furnish, joked that everyone thought his house resembled this Los Angeles shrine. He was surrounded by newly designed Elton John tour merchandise along with pricey items from Fendi and Balenciaga.
“We do have a Captain Fantastic pinball machine at our home in Windsor,” he conceded to Billboard, sitting in an alcove at The Webster with that very arcade game as ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ played over the speakers. “But we don’t play Elton John music around the clock in our house.”
This pop-up shop is just one of many unique flourishes to send Elton off the road, after more than 50 years of traveling the globe. For the past ten years, Furnish has been assisting Elton to prepare for his retirement. Furnish said, “Elton said he wanted to go out on a high.”
So that’s the plan: He’ll wrap up his U.S. tour with three performances at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, with the final one featuring special guests Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee and Brandi Carlile.
“L.A. has always had that professional resonance,” Furnish says of why Dodger Stadium is the last U.S. tour stop, 47 years after Elton was the first solo artist to play the ballpark. “You know, we have a home here. Our sons were born next-door [to The Webster] at Cedars-Sinai; they’re coming in next week to come and see the shows. We have our annual Oscar party here; And so LA is a very, very special place for us.”